Button tag in bloody Internet Explorer
09 August 2005
I sincerely hate Internet Explorer sometimes. I never like it. Today it really pissed me off. If you use multiple
<button> tags in one form, think again. It doesn't work in IE like it should do [...in Firefox].
If you have a form like this:
<form action="showRequestVariables"> <button type="submit" name="button1">Button1</button> <button type="submit" name="button2">Button2</button> </form>
Then, which ever button you press you'll get these request variables if you use Internet Explorer:
button1 = "Button1" button2 = "Button2"
In Firefox you only get one; the one you pressed. Doesn't that seem logical? The Firfox way I mean.
To solve the problem and tame the IE bastard you'll have to loose the
<button> tag and go for a
<input> tag instead:
<form action="showRequestVariables"> <input type="submit" name="button1" value="Button1" /> <input type="submit" name="button2" value="Button2" /> </form>
Then you get the more sane behaviour you'd expect from a web browser.
Disclaimer: The spec (is too long to read) could prove me wrong but I feel pretty confident that Firefox has got it more right in this instance.